Japanese pianist Tomoki Sakata “demonstrated virtuosity, considerable color and expressivity” (Dallas Morning News) during the 2013 Cliburn Competition, earning him a place among the top six finalists. Since just 19 years old, he has been building a reputation for a “youthful overabundance of talent” that creates “its own visceral excitement” (Theater Jones).
In 2016, Mr. Sakata won the 1st Prize along with 6 special prizes at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Budapest by a unanimous vote.
He has made recital, chamber and concerto appearances throughout Europe, Asia, the U.S.A and Africa, in such major Concert halls as Leipzig Gewandhaus, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Dvořâk Hall, Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy, Salle Cortot, Philharmonie de Luxembourg, RSI Auditorium Stelio Molo, Teatro Grande di Brescia, and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, as soloist with Staatskapelle Halle, Fort Worth Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Bakersfield Symphony, Lublin Philharmonic, Czech National Symphony, Hungarian Radio Symphony, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Hungarian State Opera, l’Orchestre Phiharmonique de Maroc, Tokyo Symphony, Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo City Philharmonic, Gunma Symphony, Kyushu Symphony, Sendai Philharmonic, and Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestras, working with such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Alexander Lazarev, Vladimír Válek, Howard Griffiths, Stanislav Kochanovsky, János Kovács, Gergely Kesselyák, Balázs Kocsár, Randall Craig Fleisher and Hikotaro Yazaki, as a chamber musician, working with the members of Tokyo Quartet, Brentano Quartet, to name a few. His performances has been broadcasted on the Radio and TV in Germany (MDR Kultur), Italy (Radio Audizioni Italiane), Switzerland (Radio Suisse Romande and Radio Svizzera Italiana), Russia (Russia-K), Czech Republic, Hungary, the U.S.A., Japan and many others.
He has been invited in numerous international music festivals, including Verbier Festival (Switzerland), International Music Festival “Janáčkův máj” (Czech Republic), Brussels Piano Festival (Belgium), and International Festival “Musical Kremlin” (Russia).
Born in Nagoya, Japan in 1993, Mr. Sakata began piano lessons at the age of 5 and began improvising and composing at age 6. He has received private lessons by Paul Badura-Skoda since the age of 16. In 2011, he was admitted as a youngest student of The Lake Como International Piano Academy, where he has taken masterclasses with the music prominent such as Dimitri Bashkirov, and Tamás Vásáry.
He is currently studying with Arie Vardi at Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany.